embed

verb

em·​bed im-ˈbed How to pronounce embed (audio)
variants or less commonly imbed
embedded also imbedded; embedding also imbedding; embeds also imbeds

transitive verb

1
a
: to enclose closely in or as if in a matrix
fossils embedded in stone
b
: to make something an integral part of
the prejudices embedded in our language
c
: to prepare (a microscopy specimen) for sectioning by infiltrating with and enclosing in a supporting substance
d
: to insert (a media file, such as a graphic, video, or audio clip) into a computer document (as on a website or in an email)
Marketers embed advertisements in subscription mailing-list messages to reach target audiences. Matthew Mills
The company … lets users embed video and audio attachments in E-mail messages. Matt Richtel
2
a
: to attach (a journalist) to a military unit for the purpose of covering a conflict
Ever since the American-led invasion of Iraq last year, when hundreds of journalists were embedded with military units, people in media circles have been debating whether journalists lose their professional detachment under such circumstances and begin to identify too closely with the troops they are covering. Robert D. Kaplan
b
: to attach (someone) to a group (such as a military unit or government agency) for the purpose of advising, training, or treating its members
Implementation of the plan to embed behavior specialists at the brigade level will result in 50 positions being staffed between now and 2013. Philip Grey
Dr. Dawdy … is one of the more unusual relief workers among the thousands who have come to the devastated expanses of Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas in the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. She is officially embedded with the Federal Emergency Management Agency as a liaison to the state's historic preservation office. John Schwartz
3
: to surround closely
a sweet pulp embeds the plum seed
embedment noun

Example Sentences

embed a post in concrete the nails were solidly embedded in those old plaster walls
Recent Examples on the Web Other updates include the ability to thread responses to individual messages, embed YouTube videos directly in messages, and get automatic transcriptions of voice messages on certain phones. WIRED, 23 Oct. 2022 Whoop's wearable technology, which tracks respiratory rate, blood oxygen, and other health metrics, can embed in a sports bra. Hannah Norman, CBS News, 13 Oct. 2022 Fine particulate matter can embed deep in the lungs, move into the bloodstream, and take a toll on the heart and brain. Leia Larsen, The Salt Lake Tribune, 10 Oct. 2022 The federal agency doesn’t embed cameras with every mission, but NASA had identified the Mars rovers as an unusual opportunity to reach the public, Squyres says, speaking during an interview with THR at Telluride, together with White. Rebecca Keegan, The Hollywood Reporter, 5 Sep. 2022 The Biden Administration is trying to embed this practice across the federal government and impose it on the private economy. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 27 Oct. 2022 Viruses that embed their genetic material in our genome are known as retroviruses. Bysara Reardon, science.org, 27 Oct. 2022 Talk of industrial revival already is starring in the race for Ohio’s open U.S. Senate seat, as both Rep. Tim Ryan, the Democrat, and Republican J.D. Vance seek to embed themselves in the state’s comeback narrative. David J. Lynch, Washington Post, 16 Oct. 2022 Harik also emphasized the need for technology leaders to embed themselves in the operation. Peter High, Forbes, 4 Oct. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1794, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of embed was circa 1794

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Cite this Entry

“Embed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/embed. Accessed 27 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition

embed

verb

em·​bed
variants also imbed
im-ˈbed
embedded also imbedded; embedding also imbedding
1
: to enclose in or as if in a surrounding mass : set solidly in or as if in a bed
embed a post in concrete
2
: to prepare (material for use under a microscope) for cutting by infiltrating with and enclosing in a supporting substance (as paraffin)

Medical Definition

embed

transitive verb

em·​bed
variants also imbed
embedded also imbedded; embedding also imbedding
: to prepare (a microscopy specimen) for sectioning by infiltrating with and enclosing in a supporting substance
embedment noun

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